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WINTER WINDS: Thousands without power across FLX after damaging overnight winds

While the dust has settled on the heftiest part of this storm system – it left its mark. Dozens of calls for downed trees and power lines across the region, as well as thousands of households without power. Cleanup is underway in the Finger Lakes, and as we look forward to the rest of the day – snow showers and breezy conditions will persist.

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Shortly after 11:00 p.m., Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson issued a Travel Advisory throughout Seneca County due to significant hazards on the roadways related to the high winds affecting our area. As of late Tuesday night there were a large number of emergency calls related to live electrical wires and trees down in many roadways across Seneca County. There is no ban on travel, but it is requested that motorists avoid unnecessary travel at this time while emergency responders continue to clear the roadways. The travel advisory was lifted around 7 a.m.

“The Yates County Sheriff’s Office is receiving 911 calls in reference to power outages and debris in the road. Travel is NOT recommended due to the random conditions of roadways with debris, trees, and garbage cans. If travel is necessary, use reduced speeds and extreme caution when approaching intersections and other vehicles as they may swerve to avoid obstacles in the road. Sheriff’s patrols are busy attempting to assist multiple fire departments and Office of Emergency Services with the coordination of storm efforts. Extra emergency service dispatchers have been called in to handle the volume of calls coming in. Please be patient as emergency service workers help in clearing roads. We do not have any updates for restoration times from Penn Yan Municipal or NYSEG. We will attempt to update as information is received.”

Yates County Sheriff Frank Ryan

Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck issued an alert for local residents about hazards that remain in roadways as of 4:30 a.m. “Numerous downed trees and hazards have been removed from area roadways overnight but hazards still exist. Use caution and watch for hazards if you are traveling this morning,” he said.

As far as power outages are concerned – Cayuga County leads the way with more than 8,400 without power. Over 2,400 are without power in Ontario County. While Seneca and Schuyler counties have 2,000 and 850 without power respectively. There are more than 3,400 without power in Steuben County and 5,230 without power in Tompkins.

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